The La Salle County Board approved travel expenses for three state’s attorney’s office employees to attend a Washington, D.C. conference for drug-court training, but it won’t cost taxpayers anything.
Karen Donnelly, state’s attorney, said she’s sending two assistant prosecutors and a case coordinator to a July 14-17 conference with a grant that pays the travel and lodging expenses. Donnelly said she hopes to get the drug court, a longtime personal objective, up and running by autumn.
OTTAWA — La Salle County’s highway engineer moved up his retirement by two weeks and the county has to replace him — soon.
The drug court would provide eligible offenders with court-supervised treatment options and a shot at dismissal of charges if they successfully complete the program.
Self-insurance saves big money
Finally, the board learned its insurance trust has paid big dividends for the county.
The board has been largely self-insuring (exception: health care for county employees) since 2004. During a presentation, it was disclosed the county has cumulatively saved $7.8 million for an average gross savings of nearly $519,000 per year — down slightly because of claims filed in 2018.
“It has been very profitable for the taxpayers,” said Marius Derango, the insurance trust chairman and former county board member. “We’ve saved a great deal of money.”
In other matters, the board:
- Approved travel expenses for deputy EMA director Fred Moore to attend a conference in San Diego
- Reappointed Jack Wayland, William Johnson and Renae Gallagher to the La Salle County Health Department board through June 30, 2022
- Awarded a $12,000 architectural-engineering contract to Basalay, Cary & Alstadt Architects, Ltd. to replace the walk-in freezers at the nursing home.
- Reappointed Gary Grabowski and Doug Biederstedt as commissioners of the La Salle County Housing Authority
- Reappointed Martin Terselic and Keith Coons as trustees of the Oglesby and Wenona fire protection districts, respectively
- Meets at 1 p.m. July 11